SOUNDS LIKE: The Tallest Man on Earth and M. Ward walk into a half-empty dance club at 4 a.m. on a Tuesday…
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: Clocking in at over six minutes, it’s a beautiful soundtrack for your Valentine’s Day edition of Seven Minutes in Heaven.
Matthew Houck, aka Phosphorescent, recently released this first track from the forthcoming Muchacho, and like the best sort of ear worms it’s been seeping into the crevasses of our brains ever since. Loosely borrowing lyrics from Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire,” Houck’s transcendent voice echoes out of a morass of drum kit and string tracks, producing a song that is both morose in its description of lost love and powerful in its resolve not to let that loss crush the remaining life out of the singer.
It’s rumored that Muchacho was created in response to a breakup-induced freak out, and if “Song for Zula” is any indication of what’s to come, expect an album that veers wide from the 70’s alt-country sound of 2010’s Here’s to Taking it Easy — slide guitars and vocal harmonies are replaced by far more sophisticated electronic accompaniment, generating a dreamy, off-kilter sound with more in common with Talking Heads “Naïve Melody” or drowning in the Pacific Ocean than with anything Willie Nelson or Bob Dylan ever put out.